SOURCE: Mapendo New Horizons

Mapendo New Horizons

September 16, 2010 09:29 ET

Rose Mapendo, The United Nations Humanitarian of the Year in 2009, Launches Charitable Foundation Named in Her Honor

Mapendo New Horizons Will Serve the Educational and Medical Needs of Individuals Living in Underdeveloped and War Torn Regions

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 16, 2010) - Rose Mapendo, honored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as The Humanitarian of the Year in 2009, and her brother Dr. Kigabo Mbazumutima, have launched Mapendo New Horizons ("MNH"). MNH is a non-profit organization committed to promoting health, peace, reconciliation and equity in African territories, including the Great Lakes region, where extreme violence and abuse have left countless survivors -- especially women and children -- in need of medical, emotional, and social healing. Rose Mapendo is no longer affiliated with Mapendo International in Boston, Massachusetts.

As civil war escalated in her homeland in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Rose, her husband and seven of her eight children were arrested and imprisoned in a death camp after President Kabila announced that their ethnic group was the enemy. While in prison, Rose's captors executed her husband and very soon thereafter, she learned that she was pregnant. Rose delivered premature twins by herself on the concrete slab floor of her jail cell, using a piece of wood to cut the umbilical cords and tying the cords with strands of her hair. After surviving sixteen months of horrendous conditions in the death camp, Ms. Mapendo was rescued by an American peace-keeping group and resettled in the United States. Once resettled, she commenced her efforts as a global advocate for peace and reconciliation. 

Rose and Dr. Mbazumutima are the founders of MNH, and Dr. Mbazumutima will supervise all of the day-to-day operations of the organization as its CEO and President. MNH was created for the purpose of educating our global audience about the effects of war on women and children, offering assistance to the victims of war, providing underserved regions access to medical technology and enlightening us all about society's forgotten people. 

Rose's inspiring life story has been chronicled in the documentary film Pushing The Elephant, which premiered in New York City in June 2010. She has spoken all over the world, including a Rose Garden ceremony at The White House under the George W. Bush administration. Her successful efforts to heal the souls of those affected by global atrocities are a testament to the human spirit's power of hope and compassion.

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